Archive for November, 2013

Top 5 Single Serve Coffee Maker

A single serve coffee maker is designed to brew one cup of coffee at the time. These units allow you to customize your coffee according to your preference, making them great for individuality. They are also ideal for big families since they can make different tasting coffee to suit your family’s taste.

1. Hamilton Beach 49981 Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel

Hamilton Beach 49981 Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
Make brewing delicious ground coffee an effortless and quick thing with this Hamilton Beach 49981 Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker. This unit provides hotter and better-tasting coffee with less time. It is able to brew up to 14 ozs. into travel cup or coffee mug to suit your needs. In addition to its great brewing performance, this single serve coffee maker also features a durable stainless steel construction for a long lasting.

2. Black & Decker Single Serve Coffee Maker, Black

Black & Decker Single Serve Coffee Maker
Being able to brew ground coffee or pre-packaged pods, this Black & Decker Single Serve Coffee Maker is a great for any coffee lover. It comes with 16-ounce travel mug and removable filter. For added convenience and easier brewing, this unit also features a convenient and simple one touch operation. Additionally, the automatic shutoff is designed to save you money on the electricity bill and ensure peace of mind.

3. Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG2 Single Serve Coffee Brewer

Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG2 Single Serve Coffee Brewer
Enjoy coffeehouse quality coffee at home with this Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG2 Single Serve Coffee Brewer. This machine features Keurig Brewed technology to optimize the performance, always ensuring the best tasting coffee. It uses Keurig K-Cup packs and comes with a removable drip tray for large coffee mugs or travel mugs. Also, there is an On/Off indicator light to tell you when it is running or not.

4. Keurig K75 Platinum Personal Coffee Maker – Black

Keurig coffee maker
Featuring the Platinum Brewing System that is Keurig’s best single-cup brewing system, this Keurig K75 Platinum Personal Coffee Maker is a great addition to your kitchen. It comes with one-touch control panel, blue backlit LCD display, digital clock, programmable on/off for added convenience and precise control. Its removable drip tray allows for effortless cleaning. Additional features include 5 brew-size options, adjustable brew temperature and dishwasher-safe parts.

5. Bunn-O-Matic MCU My Cafe Single-Cup Brewer, 4 Coffee Machines-In-1

Bunn-O-Matic MCU My Cafe Single-Cup Brewer
Enjoy the convenience of brewing K-Cups, ground coffee, soft coffee & tea pods, and loose tea with one machine with this Bunn-O-Matic MCU My Cafe Single-Cup Brewer. This unit brings you hot, fresh coffee or tea in under a minute. Its Pulse Brew option is designed to extract a bolder flavor.



There are various of ways to clean your coffee maker. You can use vinegar, baking soda, or lemon to remove built up mineral deposits in the machine, ensuring better tasting coffee and faster brewing result. The following tips may help to make cleaning your coffee maker an easy and quick thing. And all you need is water and vinegar.

Drip Coffee Maker

Step 1: prepare the mixture of vinegar and water

Mix white vinegar and water. Get a mixture of 3 cups white vinegar to 6 cups of waters.

Step 2: prepare the coffee maker

Pour two to one solution of water to vinegar into the coffee carafe. Fill the coffee maker’s reservoir with water-vinegar solution and then place the carafe on the burner.

Step 3: clean the interior

Turn on the coffee maker. You need to let the water-vinegar mixture drip through the coffee maker and make sure it runs through the entire system. Then turn the machine off and let the mixture cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat the process with some fresh water and vinegar.

Step 4: rinse the interior

Pour the water-vinegar solution out of the carafe and replace it with some fresh water. Let the water drip through the coffee maker back into the carafe. Then discard the water in the carafe.

Step 5: clean the exterior

Use hot, soapy water to wash the carafe and filter basket. Find a clean and soft cloth to wipe down the exterior of the coffee maker.



It is recommended to clean your coffee maker monthly to remove hard water deposits (scale), leftover coffee oils that will affect the flavor of coffee.

Never wash the coffee pot with soap or wash in the dishwasher.



The Cuisinart DTC-975 coffee maker features a brew pause function so you can have a cup of coffee while brewing by adding intermittent pauses. Equipped with double-wall insulation of the stainless steel carafe, this 12-cup coffee maker can keep the coffee hot for hours. Cuisinart DTC-975 is fully-automatic and has a 24-hour programmability. It can give out an audible beep to remind you the brewing is complete.

Cuisinart DTC-975BKN Thermal 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker


  1. It has a 24-hour programmability.
  2. It is able to keep the coffee hot for about 12 hours and warm for 8.
  3. There is an audible beep to wake you when brewing is complete.
  4. The automatic shutoff feature ensures the safety of family members.


  1. The carafe has a small opening so you cannot put your hand into it to clean it.
  2. The lid has some tiny, interconnecting pieces that collect oil and it is hard to clean.


Among all the coffee makers that I have owned, I like this Cuisinart DTC-975 Coffee Maker most. Equipped with a thermal carafe, this machine can keep my coffee hot for hours. I tried other thermal carafe makers, but when the brewing completes, the coffee wouldn’t be hot enough. This machine features a timer so it can brew automatically.

Cuisinart is really a good coffee maker. With the high quality of stainless thermos carafe, it can bring fresh and hot coffee for you whenever you want. I don’t like the coffee just sit in a glass carafe and “bake” for hours. But Cuisinart can make me satisfy. Just needs a bit of electricity, it can help you to warm the coffee.


If you need a quick cup of coffee before work in the morning everyday, Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer Single Serve and 12-cup Coffee Maker is your perfect choice. And if you need to brew a full pot of coffee for your family and friends, this machine is your good choice either. It’s operation is easy and very easy to clean.

Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer Single Serve and 12-cup Coffee Maker


  1. You can brew 1 or 12 cups of coffee according to the demands.
  2. It features auto shut-off after 2 hours for safety.
  3. It is loaded with travel mug/thermos, permanent filter (for single-serve), 16 coffee pods, and removable reservior.
  4. There is no-spill carafe.
  5. Single-cup brewer holds practically any size of coffee mugs and thermoses.



  1. It is not compatible with K-cups.
  2. There is no hot plate on single-serve side and no paper filters for single-serve side.
  3. It cannot keep the coffee for a long time.
  4. It can’t save multiple program settings.
  5. There are too much steam and moisture emitted.


I have used Hamilton for several weeks and I really like it. It can make a full pot or just a mug/travel mug of coffee, you can brew a cup of hot coffee or just a cup of hot tea.  And you can use pods coffee or non-pod coffee according to your preference. I absolutely love this machine since it can meet all my requirement.

The Hamilton Beach two way brewer is really perfect for me. The amount of coffee I need everyday is uncertain. Some days I want a full pot of coffee and other days just a cup. It can satisfy me and I highly recommend it.

The thermal carafe of the Melitta 10 cup coffee maker has 3 brew strength settings–regular, bold, and robust. Equipped with an adjustable warming plate, it let you control the temperature in the carafe after brewing.

Melitta 46894 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker
Melitta 46894 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker
1. It has various coffee settings.
2. It is equipped with a pause and serve function option.
3. It brews with hot temperature.
4. It is very compact.
1. There is no removable water reservoir.
2. If you need fewer than four cups of coffees, this machine will not be suitable.
3. It can only make 10 cups.
4. It is loaded with blue LED clock.
Just like most of the people, it is very hard for me to select a best coffee maker. There are various reviews and prices. I have had Melitta for a week and I really like it. It can offer a cup of fresh and tasty coffee. It has a thermal carafe, a pause and serve function option, and can start automatically. Also, it won’t bother me with beep in the morning. You can pour in the water easily. Overall, it didn’t let me disappointed.
Melitta 46894 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker has excellent design. Unlike other coffee makers which have the electronic controls have them on the bottom of the maker, this machine’s is on the top. Besides, it has a large opening water reservoir so you can fill water easily. Hot water is distributed widely and evenly across the top of the filter cone. It’s design that heats the water to the appropriate high temperature is the key to get yummy coffee. There is also an excellent carafe which can keep the coffee for hours.